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Rambler Army ROTC (Loyola in Chicago) on YouTube
May 28, 2015

Second Lieutenant Elena Speilmann, Class of 2013, shares her experiences from Project Global Officer.

Army ROTC sent 2LT Speilmann to Russia in order to immerse the young officer in the language. Interested to learn more about Project Global Officer? Check it out here.

Culture Team
April 7, 2015

Yesterday, Huffington Post published an article by Aaron Dubrow entitled "7 Cyberlearning Technologies Transforming Education" in which the Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainer (VCAT) was featured as a leading tool to teach cross-cultural communication through a virtual environment. According to W. Lewis Johnson,  co-founder of Alelo Inc, "We found in our military training that when soldiers use this approach, once they get into a foreign country -- let's say they're sitting down with local leaders -- they feel as if it's a familiar situation to them, even though they've never...

January 15, 2015

Merriam-webster based its pick on significant increases in lookups this year over last on

"We're simply using the word culture more frequently," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster. "It may be a fad. It may not...."  Of an estimated 100 million lookups on the website each year and on the company's app, culture enjoyed a 15 percent year-over-year increase. "We have noticed for years that culture has a cyclical spike every year at around Labor Day." he said in an interview with Mashable. "In recent years we've seen similar spikes...

November 21, 2014

War themed video games are common, and the general consensus is that these types of games actually desensitize youth to the empathy required in real world conflict situations.  However, Alelo is lookinng at ways to use gaming technologies to do the opposite, to prepare military members for other cultures and actually prevent culture shock.

Alelo's VRP MIL (Virtual Role Players for Military Training Environments) provides an immersion experience to provide troops with a culturally and linguistically challenging scenarios.  The games allow...

PR Web with edits by DLNSEO Culture Team
June 25, 2014

Alelo, the leader in interpersonal communication training software solutions, has completed delivery of VCAT Caribbean for the Joint Forces Development (J7) bringing the total number of VCAT’s to nine (9). VCATs are designed to teach cultural awareness and mission-focused language skills for general purpose forces deploying to different regions of the world. The delivery of VCAT Caribbean, along with three new mobile VCAT versions (VCAT Central America Mobile, VCAT South America Mobile and VCAT Hispaniola Mobile) adds to the growing catalog of highly successful VCATs already available on...

May 1, 2014

Changes in worldwide strategic relationships since 9/11 and lessons learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn demonstrate the importance of Navy personnel being able to communicate in foreign languages and to comprehend foreign cultures. The Center for Information Dominance’s Center for Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (CLREC) plays a central role in training Department of the Navy personnel in the language skills and cultural knowledge required to effectively carry out their missions. CLREC provides predeployment cultural orientation training in...

DLNSEO Culture Team
April 16, 2014

There are many books on how to teach or learn other cultures.  Here are a few.  If you have other suggestions, or have written a book review, let us know by using the submit content link to the right.

Cultural Reading List References

Allen, W. W. (1985). Toward cultural proficiency. In Alice C. Omaggio (Ed.), Proficiency, curriculum, articulation: The ties that bind . Reports of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (pp. 137-166). Middlebury, VT: Northeast Conference. Allen, W., & Fouletier-Smith, N. (1995). Parallèles: Communication et...